Chocolate souffle time!

Chocolate Souffle Adventures with Author Carly Ellen Kramer (Recipe Included)

Who’s in the mood for chocolate today? Author Carly Ellen Kramer is here with a sweet idea! She is the author of the food fiction novel “How to Bake a Chocolate Soufflé.” While Carly is here to visit as part of her blog tour, I thought we could whip up Mrs. Baptiste’s Chocolate Soufflé, which is the recipe on page 8 of the book.

Let’s do this!

Mrs. Baptiste’s Chocolate Soufflé

Grease four single-serving ramekins with real butter and dust with sugar. Set aside. Set a metal mixing bowl over the top of a pot containing one inch of softly boiling water. The bottom of the mixing bowl should not touch the water in the pot. In the mixing bowl, melt ½ cup of dark chocolate chips. Stir well.

Making a chocolate souffle with author Carly Ellen Krame

In the mixing bowl, melt ½ cup of dark chocolate chips. Step 1 of making a chocolate souffle recipe. Photo via Carly Ellen Kramer.

Add three room temperature egg yolks and ½ teaspoon of pure vanilla extract to the bowl and mix well. The mixture will harden a bit – don’t worry, this is normal.

In a separate mixing bowl, exorcise six egg whites – beat the Devil out of them!

Beating eggs to make a chocolate souffle

Beat those eggs! Step 2 of making a chocolate souffle recipe. Photo via Carly Ellen Kramer.

As you beat the egg whites, add ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar and 1/3 cup of white sugar, a little at a time. When the egg white mixture forms stiff peaks, fold into chocolate mixture. Be careful not to mix the air right out of the egg whites!

Step 3 of the recipe from the food book

Whip the egg whites into the chocolate. Step 3 of making a chocolate souffle recipe. Photo via Carly Ellen Kramer.

Pour soufflé mixture into prepared ramekins and bake in a preheated, 375 degree oven for 20 minutes. Serve immediately. Okay, serving immediately now, as per the directions above!

Chocolate souffle time!

The final souffle! Step 3 of making a chocolate souffle recipe. Photo via Carly Ellen Kramer.

Wow, Carly, I hadn’t made a chocolate soufflé before so I’m glad you were here with the recipe to show it us exactly how to do it. Here, would you readers like some too? Coming right up!

And while I’m doing the serving (I hope we have enough) of the tasty chocolate dish, let’s give the spotlight to Carly Ellen Kramer as she reads an excerpt from How to Bake a Chocolate Soufflé.

Take it away, Carly!

Excerpt from “How to Bake a Chocolate Soufflé”

“After a bit of English – to – French improvisation, I realized that Mrs. Baptiste didn’t tell me to ‘exercise’ the egg whites.  She told me to ‘exorcise’ the egg whites, or ‘beat the Devil’ out of them!”  Laughter ensued.  “On my second attempt, that is exactly what I did.  I beat those egg whites until I thought my arm was going to disconnect at the shoulder.  If anyone would have seen me toiling away in my tiny, ill equipped kitchen, I’m sure they would have laughed out loud.  I worked up a sweat.  I honestly thought I pulled a bicep.  But do you know what?  That soufflé was fantastic!”  Several women in the audience began to laugh.

“The reason I’m sharing this story is because dreams are like that.”  The room became silent.

“You can hold onto a dream, go after it with a halfway decent effort, and end up with a fairly respectable result.  Heck, that’s what most people do – ‘exercise.’  But what if your dream is so big you can barely hold it in your arms?  What if your dream is so fantastic that it seems almost implausible?  What if ‘a fairly respectable result’ isn’t good enough?  Well, then you take your Abbott College education, you take the ambition and the values to which Dean Riley referred, and you go after your dream like the Devil itself is on your heels!  ‘Exorcise!’”  The room erupted enthusiastically.

“That brings me to my next point, the one nobody really wants to talk about.  Sometimes, the monster under the bed is real.”

~Excerpt from “How to Bake a Chocolate Soufflé,” page 5

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Do you like food fiction books? If so, you can find out more about the book “How to Bake a Chocolate Soufflé” at Amazon. If you want an author signed copy of her book, you can get it exclusively from her blog “Crowded Earth Kitchen.”

As well, feel free to connect with author Carly Ellen Kramer at Goodreads, where you can also see her book’s ratings and reader reviews.

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99 thoughts on “Chocolate Souffle Adventures with Author Carly Ellen Kramer (Recipe Included)

    1. crowdedearthkitchen

      I’ll let you in on a secret, Marissa (shhh… don’t tell anyone) – mini soufflés are a WHOLE lot easier than one big soufflé. Just use the mini ramekins pictured, and you’re home safe! 🙂 ~Carly Ellen

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  1. DG MARYOGA

    What a metaphor Christy Dear! I had already drooling … But then I became silent like the audience,and reading about the “sweet dreams” and how similar are to Chocolate Souffle,I errupted enthusiastically like the audience again … I have already visited the suggested link,I never regretted it ~ Have a peaceful and creative day,my lovely friend 🙂 xxx

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  2. Resa

    I have never heard of a food fiction book before now. The only thing that could make the book sound more interesting than it already is, would be if the cover was made out of chocolate, so you could eat it while you read it!

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  3. words4jp

    My baker son is not home till next week – when he is, he and I will have to try this. He is the chocoholic – thanks to my genes and eating chocolate while pregnant with him. (Yes, I should not have, but he was the second and I really needed chocolate;)

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  4. Ste J

    Blimey, this is more like food erotica! I like the idea of fictionalising a recipe and making it something that feels more like a journey. I could definitely go for some of this.

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  5. moondustwriter

    Too too yummy!
    Thanks for popping over to my blog. Regarding the book April is really ambitious I realize as this is not the only project I am on. mid to late June looks more likely. What kind of lead time do you need?Thanks for your big heart and happy spring to you!!!

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      And thank YOU for the nice comment here too! For book reviews, I’m about 3 months in advance and then for interviews it’s less time (usually about 2-3 weeks). When you’re publishing the book, closer to the time, just send me a note through my contact page. Hugs!

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  6. Aquileana

    Awesome recipe… It looks delicious… This post reminded me of Isabel Allende’s book “Aphrodite” (it is all about cooking)~ Thanks for (the) your sweetness!… ❤ Best wishes, CB. Aquileana 😀

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Aqui-pie, thank you for making time here!! I loved your private messages too – MUAH! I just looked up the book you mentioned online and it is about food, memory, the senses and more – wow! I hadn’t heard of it. Thanks for telling me about the book. I think you are very sweet too. We’ll share some souffle now and Diet Cokes, ok?!! 🙂 ❤

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      1. Aquileana

        Absolutely, Bring them on!… Oh yes Isabel Allende is a very well known latin american writer… You should also look for my favorite book by her “Eva Luna” ❤ Big hugs and thank you very much for your messages as well ⭐ Aquileana 😀

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        1. Christy Birmingham Post author

          Eva Luna sounds interesting; I read that Eva has a knack for storytelling (as per the book description page I found online). I wonder if she would tell the story of North and South Star? HUGS and thanks for all of your support and beauty. Love Chris 🙂

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  7. Pam Huggins

    I’ve never read a food fiction book- but I really like the concept.
    And that chocolate looks scrumptious!!! YUM!

    Christy- I always enjoy your energy and inclusive spirit. Thank you.

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  8. Fiestaestrella

    This is SO cool! First of all, when am I ever *not* in the mood for chocolate?! Especially since I started back to school as a Grad student. Secondly, What an amazing quote! I’ll never think of eggs the same again…

    Breakfast awakes with a new sort of exorcise… Christy… thanks for enlightening this person over here (me) on the genre of “food fiction.” Have a yummy day!

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  9. peakperspective

    Such a shame. My monitor does not taste nearly as good as Carly’s pictures suggested it would. But the excerpt wholly made up for the electric tongue shock.
    Thanks for the introduction to a lovely new author, Christy. Cheers!

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  10. reocochran

    I enjoy books about food, especially with fictionalized plots and creative people like Mrs. Baptiste. Great post and I love the idea of a chocolate souffle, Christy. Please pass on to Carly Ellen Kramer my best wishes with her delightful sounding book!

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